Ryan McLaren, South Africa, First-Class Cricket
Ryan McLaren hangs boot from First-Class career (Photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

South Africa’s all-rounder Ryan McLaren, on Thursday, announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The right-handed Proteas player took to his Twitter account to announce the news of his retirement. McLaren believes it is the right time for him to move on from the red ball version and he should enjoy more white ball cricket.

McLaren was an integral part of the South African team between 2009 and 2014. However, the seam bowling all-rounder was dropped for the Proteas squad of the 2015 World Cup squad. In fact, he has played only two Test matches in his career which he played at a gap of four years period.

Proteas All-Rounder Ryan McLaren Retires from First-Class Cricket
Ryan McLaren. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Ryan McLaren took to Twitter to share a screenshot of the announcement. The post read as, “I have learned from many to know when it’s the right time. The time has come for me to retire from first-class cricket. I’m grateful to share a changeroom with some of the best our country has produced. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the support I have had from my wife, family, coaches and teammates both in SA and in county cricket. I have absolutely loved every part of what this game has taught me…time for some white ball fun now”.

Ryan McLaren, South Africa, First-Class Cricket
Ryan McLaren hangs boot from First-Class career (Photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Ryan McLaren made his first-class debut while playing under the leadership of Allan Donald for Eastern in 2003-04. The all-rounder played for the Knights from 2005 to 2014. In fact, he also moved to the Dolphins for a short span of time.

Ryan also played for Kent through a Kolpak deal from 2007 to 2009. Most recently, he also played for Hampshire and Lancashire.

Overall, McLaren played 154 first-class matches and amassed 6298 runs at an average of 33.86 and scalped 459 wickets at an average of 27.61.

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